If you are a car enthusiast, you may have heard the term “preload” and “How to Adjust Preload” questions before. If you are unsure what it is, in this article we will be discussing what “preload” is, how to adjust it, and the benefits of doing so in regards to aftermarket coilovers.
What is Preload?
Preloading springs involves “compressing” the spring to reduce the level of play in the springs. The more you compress the spring the distance the suspension has to travel will decrease. Increasing the compression of the spring will reduce the amount of travel the suspension has to travel when the suspension takes on the weight of the car.
How do I Adjust the Preload?
We have created a tutorial video that demonstrates the steps needed to adjust the preload for your coilovers. You can view the video below:
Why Should I Adjust the Preload? What are the benefits?
One reason it is important to preload your coilovers is to reduce the likelihood of the coilover from completely unseating. You want to prevent the spring from unloading to the point where the spring becomes off centered and is unable to properly re-seat itself. Secondly, each spring is designed to operate under a certain preload, similar to how car engines are most powerful under certain RPM’s. By preloading your coilover to the manufacturer’s recommended load, the coilover will be able to operate at it’s intended specs.